Simple Roast Beef

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Simple Roast Beef recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Roast Beef is a staple of so many home dinner menus. Almost universally loved, a delicious roast beef makes the ideal centerpiece for your table.

Rump Roast Recipe

I’ll admit that for years, I couldn’t seem to make a roast beef that I really loved. Finally, I came across this method for how to cook a rump roast.

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Perfectly cooked roast beef is no longer a mystery to me! Not only did this rump roast taste amazing, it’s also one of the easiest roasts I’ve made.

This method basically turns a conventional oven into a convection oven and eliminates the need to turn the roast while it is cooking. I’m all for removing any fuss possible from the cooking process!

With tiny slivers of garlic stuck all over the roast as it cooks, the flavor of this roast beef is unparalleled to any others I’d made before.

The roast turned out so beautifully, I can hardly wait to make another one and try some different flavors and seasonings. The meat was medium rare, tender and flavorful. If you only have one roast beef recipe in your rotation, this one should be it!

How to Cook Rump Roast

To cook a rump roast in the oven, start by bringing your meat to room temperature. I removed my roast from the fridge about an hour before we started cooking.

Meanwhile, preheat your oven and cut three cloves of garlic into about a dozen little pieces. Make small shallow slices in the meat just large enough to slide a sliver of garlic inside.

A good rub down with olive oil, kosher salt salt and freshly ground black pepper is all the other seasoning this rump roast recipe needs. Brown the roast in the oven for 30 minutes, then lower the heat to 225 to finish cooking.

Your roast beef is done when it’s reached an internal temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit and the outside of the meat has begun to brown. Carefully remove the roast from the oven using tongs and let the meat rest 15 minutes before slicing.

From start to finish, rump roast in the oven takes just under 4 hours. While it takes a bit of time, most of the cooking time is hands off leaving you free to go about the rest of your day–or prepare your sides!

Get the roast in the oven after lunch and by dinnertime you’ll have a hearty, tasty homemade dinner that everyone will love. As a bonus, leftover roast beef can be sliced and stuffed into sandwiches or salads for an easy lunch the next day.

Roast Beef Recipes

Since originally sharing this recipe, I’ve found several more new favorite ways to cook roast beef. For a crock-pot method, give this Perfectly Simple Sliceable CrockPot Roast Beef a try. We also love the rich flavor of this Slow-Cooker Italian Red Wine Roast Beef.

For those who like a bit of spice to their meat, this Southwestern Roast Beef is tough to beat.

Roast Beef works beautifully with so many of our favorite side dishes.

I served this with Garlic Smashed Potatoes and green beans. It was a wonderful warm meal on one of our first chilly days this fall. Hurray for rainy weather at last!

This simple rump roast would also pair perfectly with Simple Sauteed Summer SquashBrown Sugar Cinnamon Applesauce and Rosemary Roasted Potatoes.

If you like this simple roast beef rump roast recipe, you might also like my Simple Slow Cooker Pot Roast, my Herb Rubbed Sirloin Tip Pork Roast and this Asian Style Pot Roast from Foodie with Family

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Simple Roast Beef

3.50 from 2 votes
Recipe adapted from and with thanks to Simply Recipes


  • 2 ½ - 3 lbs boneless beef rump roast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic slivered into about a dozen pieces
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • meat thermometer


  • Start with your roast at room temperature. I removed mine from the refrigerator a little over an hour before I was ready to cook it. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. With a sharp knife, make a tiny slit in the meat just large enough to slide a sliver of garlic into the meat. Repeat all over the roast, for each sliver of garlic. Drizzle olive oil on the roast and rub all over the sides. Sprinkle the entire roast with salt and pepper. Place the roast directly on the oven rack, fatty side up, with a drip pan on a rack underneath the roasting rack.
  • Brown the roast at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Lower the heat to 225 degrees. Cook the roast another 2-3 hours. When the roast begins to drip juices and has turned brown on the outside, check the temperature with a meat thermometer. Carefully use tongs to remove the roast from the oven when the inside temperature is 140 degrees. Let the roast rest on a plate, tented with foil to keep warm, for at least 15 minutes before carving to serve. Enjoy!
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Becki's Whole Life says

    MMM, Mary, this is a great recipe – especially with the holidays coming up. I am pinning this one – would be great to serve to guests….looks elegant and relatively easy. I love roast beef and yours looks like it's cooked perfectly with just the right amount of pink:-)

  2. Allison at Novice Life says

    Yum! I have tried to do a roast beef so many ways and it never comes out quite like I like it. I will have to try this, though I am not sure about putting it directly on the oven rack…because that means then I would have to CLEAN the oven rack – haha!

  3. Dzoli says

    This is how I love my roastbeef.Have to say the best one I ever had was in Holland.Nice pink slices on a soft bread roll with butter and salt and lot of pepper(Can you tell I am just about to have dinner).
    That is why I am not happy when I see it here in deli department and it looks like dry leather;(

  4. Jean | Delightful Repast says

    Mary, I love that roasting method too. It works beautifully. Unfortunately, I have to leave out the garlic these days due to allergy. Love your photo–it can be difficult to make a plate of roast beef look good on camera!

    • Mary says

      I've never sprayed the rack and it always comes clean very easily. I imagine that could depend on the amount of fat in the meat. If the meat is leaner, it might be more likely to burn onto the rack.

  5. Anonymous says

    This looks delicious! But does it have to be cooked right on the rack, will cooking it in something make it not as good?

    • Mary says

      Cooking it directly on the rack allows your oven to work like a convection oven. It definitely won't work the same in a pan.